Rottnest’s Vlamingh Memorial Lookout (not to be confused with the far-western extremity of the island, Cape Vlamingh and its board walk) is both a scenic vantage point, and a memorial to the Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh.
Located next to Garden Lake on top of a hill (called “View Hill”) just beyond the Thomson Bay settlement area, it is a pleasant, treesey place to sit and relax while admiring views over the Rottnest salt lakes and out west across to Wadjemup Hill and the lighthouse in the middle of the island.
Vlamingh Lookout Views:
The Vlamingh Memorial: History
Willem de Vlamingh was a Dutch explorer with the V.O.C. whose ships anchored off Rottnest on the 29th December, 1696. On the last day of that year, he and his crew became the first non-Aboriginal people ever to land on Rottnest Island.
The Vlamingh Lookout structure was built by the Rottnest Board of Control in 1935 as a memorial to the Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh and was opened by the Board’s Chairman, Hon. W. H. Kitson MLC on 30th December 1935.
Visiting the Vlamingh Lookout
Though nothing particularly special as far as tourist attractions go, the walk up to the lookout and over the hill is short and an easy climb, and the view out over the salt lakes is nice.
If you’re staying the night on the island, my suggestion is to walk up to the lookout at dusk to view the sunset sky reflected in the salt lakes, and watch the beam of light from Wadjemup Lighthouse arcing across the sky.
Where is the Vlamingh Memorial Lookout and how do you get to it?
Vlamingh Lookout is located on top of a hill on the outskirts of Thomson Bay Settlement next to Digby Drive – the road that leads from the settlement past The Lodge and down alongside Garden Lake:
During your stay on Rottnest you’re likely to end up riding past this hill at least once or twice, as it is located along the inland route between Thomson Bay and the Geordie Bay settlement and northern bays and beaches further west, and also to Wadjemup Lighthouse in the centre of the island and the West End.
You’ll be sure to see lots of quokkas as you pass by the shady area on Digby Drive next to The Lodge (just before the hill down to the salt lakes)!
On your left, on the other side of the road to Garden Lake, you’ll see Rottnest’s old cemetery where European settlers were buried in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Wander through old cemetery, cross over or under the barrier at the back and pick up a rough track that soon becomes more obvious and leads up the hillside along a ridge. The track is lined by tea trees and is pleasantly shady.
The pergola structure and the Vlamingh memorial plaque are right on the very top of the hill.
The pathway continues past the lookout, over down the other side of the hill. So you can also walk up from the other end of the track which meets Digby Drive shortly before the causeway intersection.
Last Updated: 30th June, 2014.
First posted on 30th June, 2014 by Bonny.
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